Over $150,000 Raised During Johnston County Youth Livestock Show And Sale

Marcy Price and judge Kaylee Kerbs with the Grand Champion Steer.

A total of 124 youth from across Johnston County participated in the annual Youth Livestock Show and Sale held April 10th-12th.

There were six steers, thirteen heifers, eighty market hogs, sixty-seven market goats, and twenty-five market lambs entered in competition, which marked the 40th year since the Johnston County Livestock Arena first opened.

Justin Wood and judge Kaylee Kerbs with the Grand Champion Heifer.

Winners for the market show included:

Champion Steer-Marcy Price, Selma

Reserve Steer- Schyler Crocker, Selma

Champion Heifer- Justin Wood, Willow Springs

Reserve Heifer-Marcy Price, Selma

Champion Lamb- Kadence Overby, Selma

Reserve Lamb- Schyler Crocker, Selma

Champion Goat- Rachel Murphy, Four Oaks

Reserve Goat- Jack Wroughton, Willow Springs

Champion and Reserve Hogs- Marcy Price, Selma

Kadence Overby and judge Kaylee Kerbs with the Grand Champion Market Lamb.

Showmanship winners were:

Novice Beef Showmanship:

Grand-Katelyn Pilkington, Princeton

Reserve- Lanie Strickland, Wendell

Junior Beef Showmanship:

Grand-Kadence Overby, Selma

Reserve- Schyler Crocker, Selma

Senior Beef Showmanship:

Grand-Justin Wood, Willow Springs

Reserve- Marcy Price, Selma

Junior Market Lamb Showmanship:

Grand-Lydia Crocker, Selma

Reserve-Lincoln Mozingo, Micro

Intermediate Market Lamb Showmanship:

Grand-Kadence Overby, Selma

Reserve-Schyler Crocker, Selma

Senior Market Lamb Showmanship:

Grand-Travis Anderson, Four Oaks

Reserve-Caroline Corbett, Selma

Junior Market Goat Showmanship:

Grand-Jack Wroughton, Willow Springs

Reserve-Anna Claire Wells, Benson

Intermediate Market Goat Showmanship:

Grand-Kadence Overby, Selma

Reserve-W. Luke Adams, Four Oaks

Senior Market Goat Showmanship:

Grand-Travis Anderson, Four Oaks

Reserve-Rachel Murphy, Four Oaks

Junior Swine Showmanship:

Grand-Daniel Beasley, Four Oaks

Reserve-Carter House, Four Oaks

Intermediate Swine Showmanship:

Grand-Connor House, Four Oaks

Reserve-Kaleb Byrd, Smithfield

Senior Swine Showmanship:

Grand-Marcy Price, Selma

Reserve-Travis Anderson, Four Oaks

Rachel Murphy and judge Kaylee Kerbs with the Grand Champion Market Goat.

Winners of the “Children’s Revenge” Adult Showmanship Classes were: Beef: Katina Anderson, Four Oaks; Lamb: Dan Wells, Benson; Goat and Swine: Joy Leigh Hinnant, Kenly

The Norman C. Denning, Sr. and Jean R. Denning Scholarships were awarded to Travis Anderson and Marcus Chavis, both of South Johnston High School.

The Sonny Batten Memorial Endowment Scholarship was presented to Luke Thompson and Caroline Corbett, both of North Johnston High.

Youth Livestock Program Scholarships were presented to: Marcy Price and Cullen Brown of Corinth-Holders High; Cassidy Goodwin and Brady Philyaw of North Johnston High; Caleb Thompson, Sarah Allen, and Logan Massengill of South Johnston High; and Christina Parrish of Neuse Charter School.

Marcy Price and judge Kaylee Kerbs with the Grand Champion Market Hog.

Russell and Elaine Wood of Willow Springs were inducted into the Johnston County Agriculture Hall of Fame. The Woods have been active in livestock agriculture for over half a century, beginning with Duroc hogs early in their marriage. Their family has exhibited livestock at the NC State Fair since 1976, first with Duroc hogs and later with Angus cattle. The couple were inducted into the NC State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame in 2001. Today, the family operates a commercial swine farm and continues to breed Angus cattle. Their annual production sale is an ongoing community event offering bulls and females to commercial cattlemen and other breeders of Angus cattle. Their seven grandchildren remain highly active in exhibiting livestock.

The Johnston County Youth Livestock Show and Sale is an annual event open to youth aged 5-18 who are either enrolled in Johnston County Schools or whose primary residence is in Johnston County. Participants learn about livestock production, record keeping, financial management and responsibility through the project.